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Philosophy to neuroscience

A study abroad program in English
for international students

In 2024: September 2 - December 6



After (?) the pandemics we took a new start with students in 2023.




Budapest is an hub of a wide range of interdisciplinary studies and research; and is a vibrant city that boasts a bustling Central European experience with a growing, English-speaking academic community centered around the city's numerous prestigious Universities and Institutes. The capital of Hungary therefore is not only an economic, cultural end educational center of the region, but has also successfully adapted herself to the new global realities of the 21st century.


Lecturers headlining the program included the following distinguished Professors:

Colin Allen (Indiana U, Bloomington), Carl Craver (Washington U, St.Louis), John Bickle (Mississippi State U), John Kihlstrom (UC Berkeley); Péter Érdi (Kalamazoo College), Lilia Gurova (NBU Sofia), George Kampis (ELTE Budapest), Olga Markic (U Ljubljana), Ichiro Tsuda (Hokkaido University), Ron Chrisley (Sussex U, Brighton), Adam Miklósi (ELTE Budapest), Vladimira Cavojova (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Bratislava), Vaibhav Diwadkar (Dept. Behavioral Neurosciece And Psychiatry, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA), Vassilis Cutsuridis, School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, U.K.

BSCS Alumni include students from the following Colleges and Universities:

USA: Carleton Coll., Northwestern U., Kalamazoo Coll., U. Cincinnati, Binghamton U., Birmingham Southern Coll., U. Southern Connecticut, Dartmouth College, Vassar College, Franklin and Marshall College, UC Berkeley, Middlebury College, Bates College, Duke U, Yeshiva U, Wheaton College, Oberlin College, Bennington College, Marlboro College; Europe: Uni Osnabrueck, Eötvös University, U. Ljubljana, U. Vienna, Comenius University, New Bulgarian University, Krakow University

Eötvös University (pronounced Ötvösh, 'ö' as in German) is Hungary's leading science and liberal arts university. Founded in 1635 by Cardinal Péter Pázmány as a Catholic institution, the University owes its name to Baron Loránd Eötvös (1848-1919), an eminent statesman and physicist with considerable reputation in his own time. He was the first to provide compelling evidence on the equivalence of gravitational and inertial mass, as early as in 1889. Today, the University has more than 30,000 students and is dispersed in several locations and buildings in the bustling Budapest downtown. The most recently built facility is the Lagymanyos Campus where BSCS courses are held (hereafter Campus). The University’s own home page provides further details and background information, please visit

The Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science (in short BSCS) is an undergraduate study abroad program for students from the US and other countries aimed at broadening their understanding of cognitive science from an interdisciplinary perspective. Lecturers of the Program are distinguished experts with noteworthy international research and teaching experience.

The Program is run by the Hungarian Cognitive Science Association ( and BSCS-US LLC, Kalamazoo, Michigan and is affiliated with Eötvös University of Budapest (Hungary) via a bilateral contract authorising BSCS to use the name and the facilities of the University. Academic supervision is provided by the Faculty of Informatics at Eotvos University that also assumes responsibility (

We have sponsored the 2017 May 14-19 event IJCNN in Anchorage, Alaska: ​

Through the Budapest Semester in Cognitive Sciences Program (BSCS) I have not only revamped my future post-graduate plans & career aspirations, but I have also gained tremendously valuable experiences through the myriad of perspectives this interdisciplinary opportunity offers. As a Neuroscience major with a personal interest in Philosophy of Mind, I can definitely say this program complemented my academic and personal studies well. My interests were met with classes & professors whose knowledge not only spanned from Philosophy, Linguistics, and Psychology, but also to Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, and Brain Imaging & Engineering. Professors were helpful both in and outside of class, and if you are like me and the other people of this program who would appreciate gaining hands-on experience and academic credit through working in a laboratory setting with top-notch researchers from a field of your choice, this program not only greatly encourages,butalso facilitates that as well. I had the opportunity to gain useful skills & experience while working on my own project in the computational modeling of biophysics & cellular dynamics in the context of schizophrenia—all without any previous modeling experience and under theindividual guidance of physicists and computer scientists alike. Definitely give this program a look if you are fascinated in the multiple paths to studying the human mind, brain, and cognition. Plus, during breaks you get to travel around Europe…and who doesn’t want to do that?

Mundy Reimer
University of California – Riverside
Neuroscience, B.S.

Thank you for inviting me to visit the program. I am even more impressed, having sat in on some classes, with the intellectual rigor of the BCBS program in Cognitive Science. The concepts presented are crucial ones for cognitive science, and the lectures were highly engaging. I enjoyed seeing the frequent interactions between students and the lecturer, as they explored questions, debated points, and made connections to material presented by other lecturers. It was reassuring to see for myself that my students are in capable hands in your program!

Kathleen M. Galotti
Director and Professor of Cognitive Science
Carleton College
Northfield MN USA